On 15th May, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz published an article warning that with the introduction of the GDPR in the EU with effect from 25th May, it appears increasingly likely that the WHOIS system, which makes the contact details of domain name registrants publicly available, will soon enter a months-long blackout period, since the publication of certain WHOIS data runs afoul of GDPR and any interim compliance model will not be fully operational by May 25th [another victim of the law of unintended consequences?]  It explains that the WHOIS system, which contains information including the name, address, email, phone number, and administrative and technical contacts for domain name registrants, is maintained by the Internet’s global domain name organization, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and that ICANN is now racing to devise a solution that will balance data protection considerations and GDPR compliance against the desire to maintain the existing WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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